Jesus said to Nancy, “My children are looking everywhere for Me but they cannot find Me because they are not looking in the right places.”
Jesus also told Nancy, “My Kingdom is not of this world. You look for the gods of this world and you think you are looking for Me.”
Where do we spend our time looking? How much time do we spend reading the Word of God and how much time do we spend reading worldly papers, magazines and books?
When Jesus multiplied the loaves of bread and fishes for the 5000 people, they searched for him after He left. Jesus said to them in John 6:26-27, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life…”
Do we labor for the things and food that perish? What are most of our labors for? How much do we really labor for God?
Jesus said to Nancy, “You cannot serve two masters. If you are busy serving one, you cannot know the other… Reflect upon those words.”
St. Augustine said in the “The Confessions of St. Augustine” (see Bibliography), “Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.”